Posted by: soniahs | December 14, 2011

December ducklings

I’ve been trying pretty hard to think of an appropriate seasonal pun for this, but nothing seems quite right:

  • “Deck the hall with a clutch of ducklings”
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for nesting”
  • “O ducky night”
  • “Rudolph the unseasonably-timed duckling”
  • “Silent night, quacky night”

Yeah, not working.

Anyway, it is, obviously, December, and a pair of wild mallard/mottled duck hybrids has decided to raise a batch of babies in our pond. I’ve mentioned the apparent awesomeness of our pond for duck breeding before, but this is pretty ridiculous.

The babies are clearly only a few days old, and I saw them for the first time yesterday. I’m hoping it stays warm enough at night for them to survive. It’s been a mild winter so far, so maybe they can stay warm until they get big enough to survive before we have a freeze. It’s generally January or February before that happens, so hopefully all goes well…

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